Technology-driven design firm, IBI Group, released a whitepaper on the ‘Top 10 Smart City Success Factors’. The whitepaper draws on the firm’s experience designing smart cities and delivering intelligent transportation systems internationally, and sheds light on the key elements required for cities to develop and implement a successful strategy.
Buildx, a collaborative platform focused on building sustainable homes; Feelif, a multimedia tool that allows visually-impaired people to feel shapes on a touch screen; and SAGA, a peer-to-peer learning platform that gives students the opportunity to learn from industry experts – have been announced as the winners of the 2017 European Social Innovation Competition, ‘Equality Rebooted’, at an awards ceremony in Brussels. Selected from nearly 800 applicants from more than 40 countries, each project will receive a €50,000 prize from the European Commission.
The Barcelona Startup Ecosystem Report, published from Startup Genome, analyzes the city’s ecosystem evolution, its strengths and assets, and what actions can be taken to really accelerate growth. The case of Barcelona holds significant lessons for cities and regions around the world as the city’s startup ecosystem has been gaining momentum over the last several years.
The Intelligent Community Forum named the world’s Smart21 Communities of 2018. Selection of this group of cities and counties begins the eight-month process through which ICF will name of them as its 2018 Intelligent Community of the Year. More than semi-finalists for an international award, the Smart21 represent the best models of economic, social and cultural development in the digital age, in the judgment of ICF and its team of independent analysts.
Huawei presented its 2017 UK Smart Cities Index, aiming to provide an assessment of the current state of smart city development in the UK through a detailed comparison of the 20 leading smart cities. The evaluation highlights their strategies, key projects, and overall readiness to develop smart city visions. The study also highlights lessons to be learnt from early adopters and areas where cities, the national government, and other stakeholders need to act to accelerate smart city development in the UK.
Arloesiadur (innovation directory in Welsh) is a website that maps innovation in Wales, developed in a collaboration between Nesta and Welsh Government. It is a collection of interactive data visualisations and open datasets about industrial, tech networking and research activity in Wales. You can use these visualisations to answer big questions about Wales’ industrial and research strengths, its collaboration networks and future economic opportunities. All this information can help develop policies that strengthen innovation in Wales, and improve its economic future.
Cities across the globe are growing in size and in terms of how connected they are. Which cities are best at keeping their citizens safe and how do they do it? The Safe Cities Index 2017, created by The Economist Intelligence Unit, covers 60 cities across the globe and defines how to measure security in a rapidly urbanising world. The index consists of 49 indicators covering digital security, health security, infrastructure security and personal security.